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My experience with Mary was nothing short of amazing.  Despite the challenging and emotional circumstances of dealing with my deceased Aunt’s estate. Because I was from out of town the added time pressures and stress  compounded the already difficult task of taking care of my Aunt’s apartment.   Mary handled everything from the final sale to clean up so professionally,  considerately and swiftly.  I was able to fly home and know that everything was in order and would be taken care of.   Mary’s card  reads “Less stress, less work for you”  and that statement couldn’t have been more true!  Mary you are an angel.


Tracy Tilma, Alberta

Moving can be a very exciting but a stressful time.


In my case, I was downsizing and didn't want to take all my furniture with me.  As my children both have their own homes, they were not interested in taking anything.  I gave away a few pieces of furniture, but was left with several large pieces like a  glass-top dining room table with eight chairs,  sectional living room couch, coffee and end tables, several lamps, a queen-size bed, a computer, desk and filing cabinet, exercise equipment, and several pictures, dishes and nic nacs.


Way too much for a regular garage sale.....I really didn't want to put an ad in the paper and have to deal with setting up appointments for people to come and see everything. I wasn't sure what to do when a friend recommended trying an estate and contents sale company. I contacted Mary Francis Shay at Abraxas Appraisals and Liquidation and she took care of everything.


For a very modest fee she and her staff came to my house, organized everything, advertised what I had to sell and held a two-day sale at my house and sold all of the large items and about 90% of the smaller items.  I was amazed at how much money they made for me and they did all the work! I would not hesitate to recommend Abraxas Appraisals and Liquidation. She and her staff worked tirelessly for me and were always very professional and pleasant.


Anne Stern, Nepean, Ontario


"My parents' house was full of stuff that had accumulated over the years. With Mary's expert help, we were able to sort through the items and get the best prices for many items and donate other to local charities. It took away our stress."


The Goodalls, Ottawa

"Mary left me no worries. She sold our things quickly and left our house ready for the sellers."


Kathleen and John, Smith's Falls



"When my mother had to go into a home, we were unsure of how to go about disposing of the items that were left in the house. Mary not only sorted and sold the items; she referred us to a real estate agent who sold the house that same week."


Allie Pratt, Nepean

As an only child who lives outside of Canada, the passing of my mother presented numerous challenges. She had two houses worth of stuff in one house!  And I did not have the time, expertise, or energy - psychological or otherwise - to deal with her personal possessions and household contents. Retaining Mary's services ensured I got maximum value for every single thing in the house.  It also allowed me to focus on taking what I wanted from the home - pictures, memories, and mementos - without worrying about the rest. I cannot endorse or recommend her services more strongly.  She treats your estate sale as if it were her own things - and that, to me, is the highest praise I can offer.


Dr. Chris Plouffe, Tallahassee, Florida



Mary Frances has a reputation in this region for two of her great loves,  antiques and helping others. Her superior assistance when it comes to estate or content sales for those moving onto a different chapter in their life is  nothing less than exceptional.


If you're downsizing or moving out of your home, you know how difficult it can be dealing with so much. Mary and her team can guide you through the entire process. From helping you select what to keep and what to sell, to running the sale or auction and finding the best means and method of selling individual pieces, you'll have their know-how to do the hard work for you. They'll even clean up the home afterwards and know people who will pick up and take away unsold items. It is little wonder that they have been called the 'apple pie of the estate sellers.'


If you need help with an estate or contents sales, call for a no obligation consultation with a member of this caring and dedicated team. Phone: 613-276-2452 or visit online at


from the Marketplace Newsletter written by Ron Langto

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